Let us raise a flag of truth and liberation
Geert Wilders is the leader of the PVV (Partij voor de Vrijheid, Party for Freedom) in The Netherlands. In recognition of an important anniversary this month, Mr. Wilders has undertaken an ambitious project, which he explains below.
by Geert Wilders (thanks to TT & GoV)
Nine years ago this month, in November 2004, policemen wearing bullet proof vests and carrying machine guns picked me up at my home and drove me to a safe place. This happened two days after the filmmaker and Islam-critic Theo van Gogh was murdered by an Islamic assassin in broad daylight on an Amsterdam street. The police brought me to safety because Islamic criminals had threatened to kill me, too. Because I, too, spoke the truth about Islam, the biggest threat to our freedom and our civilization.
Since that ominous date, nine years ago, I have been forced to live under constant police protection. I have lived in army barracks, prisons and safe houses. The threats continue to this day and have deprived me of my privacy and my freedom.
But I will continue to speak.
The flag of Saudi Arabia proudly proclaims the Shahada or the Islamic declaration of faith: “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”
In remembrance of the past nine years, in remembrance of the thousands of victims who were murdered in that period by Islamic assassins, in London, in Moscow, in Mumbai, in Nairobi, and in countless other places, and in remembrance of the millions of people â€” women, apostates, non-Muslims â€” who daily suffer discrimination and humiliation from the evil ideology of Islam and oppressive Islamic Sharia law, I offer the Islamic world a new flag â€” a flag with a declaration of truth and liberation:
“Islam is a lie, Muhammad a criminal, the Koran is poison.”
- Only when the Islamic world comes to realize this truth, will it be able to free itself from evil, making the world a better and safer place for all human beings.
- Only when the free world comes to realize that Islam is predominantly a totalitarian ideology rather than a religion, will it be able to defend its liberties and values.
Hon. Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party (PVV) in The Netherlands
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Hon. Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party (PVV) is up in the Dutch polls because of his aggressive Euro skeptic views attacking the Brussels bureaucrats of the EU. Â The groundlings in The Netherlands have cottoned to Wilders argument, tired of bailing out the Euro Zone crisis, the equivalent of confiscatory tax burden national economic growth, and imposing anti-democratic Constitutions on the country’s basic laws. Â We haveÂ postedÂ on his developing alliance with a refurbished National Front in France led by Marie Le Pen in France.Â Their alliance hopes to include other like-minded Euro skeptic Â Â parties in the UK and elsewhere in the EU.Â In aÂ Wall Street JournalÂ op-ed published in the Thursday European edition, he laid out the prospects for a new “Glorious revolution” of “National Patriotism”,Â “The Resurgence of European Patriotism”.
Here are some of his arguments on “How to ruin the day of bureaucrats and politicians in Brussels”.
It’sÂ about national pride and democracy, not war:
Here is a tip if you want to ruin the day of the bureaucrats andÂ politiciansÂ inÂ Brussels. Just mention next year’sÂ EuropeanÂ elections and they will become extremely nervous and agitated. They will fume with anger and warn you about rising populism, a threat to democracy.
Next May’s European elections, in which almost 400 million people in the 28 EU member states will be allowed to cast their votes, will in all likelihood produce a landslide against the Eurocrats. What will manifest itself; however, is not a rise of populism, but a victory for democracy.
For decades, Brussels has been able to do what it pleases. That period is over. People have finally come to realize that so-called Europhiles aim to destroy Europe’s nations, the homes of national democracies. And people are not going to let it happen. They are no longer buying the lie thatÂ patriotismÂ is dangerous, that it is a vice and not a virtue. They are reasserting their national pride and identity.
Robert Schuman, who was one of the EU’s founding fathers 60 years ago, used to say that the aim of European integration was “to make war not only unthinkable but materially impossible.” But the idea that Germany, France, Britain and other nations in the past went to war because they were sovereign nations is simply ridiculous. They went to war because they had fallen for totalitarian ideologies. Democracies do not go to war against each other; they trade with one another.
Praise for President Reagan and Europe’s “New Patriotism”
My hero is not Robert Schuman, but the American visionary Ronald Reagan, who in his farewell address advocated aÂ resurgenceÂ of national pride, which he called the “new patriotism.” As Reagan had it, this meant “a love of country and an appreciation of its institutions.”
TheÂ euro crisisÂ of the past five years has worked as a catalyst. Europe’s citizens, from Finland to Portugal and from Ireland to Greece, have noticed that Brussels has been unable to solve the economic crisis. It imposed austerity solutions that resulted in higher taxes and only made matters worse.
The EU did not bring Europe peace; NATO did. The EU did not bring economic prosperity; free trade did. Switzerland is the most competitive economy in the world and Norway is the most prosperous country. Neither of them is in the EU. Both belong to the European Free Trade Association, or EFTA.
The EU did not bring Europeans more democracy and freedom, either. On the contrary: The EU is a prison of nations. It undermines our national democracies. It resembles a EUSSR.
The gathering forces leading theÂ ” Glorious Revolution”Â and democratic rebellion against the EU:
In referendums in 2005, the Dutch and the French electorates rejected the European Constitution, which aimed to turn the EU into a genuine state. But Brussels refused to take no for an answer. It went ahead with its plans for a constitutional treaty, notwithstanding the people’s opposition. Brussels thinks it knows better than the people. Next May, it will realize that people who have been cheated do not forget.
This has nothing to do with populism; it is all about democracy. Democracy on a supranational level is simply impossible. In order to have democracy, there needs to be a nation. TheÂ European UnionÂ cannot be compared to the United States. America is a nation, but Europe is not. Europe is a continent of many different nations with their own identities, traditions and languages. Robbing them of their national democracies does not create a European democracyâ€”it destroys democracy in Europe.
For months my party, the Party for Freedom, has been leading in the Dutch polls. We are a young party. We want the Netherlands to leave the EU, join EFTA and, like Switzerland, negotiate bilateral trade agreements with the EU and the rest of the world. We are going to win next May’s European elections.
In other countries, too, the EU has never been as unpopular as it is today. Trust in the EU has fallen to its lowest level ever. Six out of 10 Europeans tend not to trust the EU, according to the EU’s own polling. They are going to vote accordingly. The old order of the complacent elite in Brussels is crumbling.
In Britain, the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) wants to lead Britain out of the EU. It is polling at almost 20%. In France, the National Front, under its new leader Marine Le Pen, wants to return sovereignty to Paris from Brussels and has, in turn, become the most popular party in the polls.
Europe is on the verge of a glorious revolutionâ€”non-violent and democratic. Next May, all over Europe voters will rebel at the ballot box. They will reject the supranational experiment of theÂ European Union. They will cast their votes for a restoration of national sovereignty.
They are not extremists, they are democrats.